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The State Of GSoC 2013 X.Org/Mesa/DRM Projects

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Published on 09 August 2013 11:04 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Google
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For this year's Google Summer of Code with the X.Org Foundation, three of the developers working on interesting X.Org/Mesa/DRM are on track while one student developer already dropped out.

At this week's X.Org Board of Directors IRC meeting there was an update on the GSoC projects. The meeting minutes in full can be found via the X.Org Wiki. Of the four projects, three are on track while one of the student developers has already quit/failed.

For those that don't recall what these summer projects are, they are detailed in X.Org Has Some Interesting Summer GSoC Projects.

- David Herrmann has been working on DRM render/modeset nodes and has been making good progress on it! There's already now the unified VMA offset manager and other code brewing for mainline inclusion. He's also one of the speakers at next month's XDC2013.

- Chuan He was the student developer working on adding X-Video (Xv) support to the GLAMOR acceleration library. However, he's the student that decided to quit the project. According to the X.Org BoD meeting minutes, he quit the project, then found out he failed the mid-way GSoC student evaluations, and then changed his mind about continuing the project but it was too late.

- Samuel Pitoiset has been reverse-engineering NVIDIA's GPU performance counters and working to expose them through the Nouveau driver. He's made some performance counter success and as part of that he had to work on early Nouveau Fermi Compute support, which is now already found in mainline Mesa.

- GL_EXT_direct_state_access support is being worked on by Dylan Noblesmith, but the OpenGL extension isn't yet in Mesa.

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